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SubjectRe: [patch 1/2] sched, timers: move calc_load() to scheduler
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On Thu, 2009-05-14 at 22:40 +0200, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> On Thu, 14 May 2009, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > On Thu, 2009-05-14 at 11:21 +0000, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> > > plain text document attachment (move-calc-load-to-scheduler-v1.patch)
> >
> > > +/*
> > > + * calc_load - update the avenrun load estimates 10 ticks after the
> > > + * CPUs have updated calc_load_tasks.
> > > + */
> > > +void calc_global_load(void)
> > > +{
> > > + unsigned long upd = calc_load_update + 10;
> > > + long active;
> > > +
> > > + if (time_before(jiffies, upd))
> > > + return;
> > >
> > > + active = atomic_long_read(&calc_load_tasks);
> > > + active = active > 0 ? active * FIXED_1 : 0;
> > >
> > > + avenrun[0] = calc_load(avenrun[0], EXP_1, active);
> > > + avenrun[1] = calc_load(avenrun[1], EXP_5, active);
> > > + avenrun[2] = calc_load(avenrun[2], EXP_15, active);
> > > +
> > > + calc_load_update += LOAD_FREQ;
> > > +}
> >
> > > @@ -1211,7 +1160,8 @@ static inline void update_times(unsigned
> > > void do_timer(unsigned long ticks)
> > > {
> > > jiffies_64 += ticks;
> > > - update_times(ticks);
> > > + update_wall_time();
> > > + calc_global_load();
> > > }
> >
> > I can see multiple cpus fall into calc_global_load() concurrently, which
> > would 'age' the load faster than expected.
> >
> > Should we plug that hole?
>
> They can't. do_timer() is called by exactly one CPU under xtime
> lock. What we removed is the loop over all online CPUs to retrieve the
> number of active tasks.

Ah, D'0h, yes.

Patches look good then.

Acked-by: Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@chello.nl>


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